Article: "they found that the risk of carotid atherosclerosis rose exponentially with increasing serum LDL cholesterol concentrations in nondiabetics with the factor V Leiden gene variant."
- I'm not a diabetic.
- I have high LDL. Most troubling is my very high VLDL-3 (which is the worst of the LDL's and a great predictor of coronary issues).
So having high LDL is enough to give one arthersclerosis. However, coupling that with not having diabetes and having Factor V Leiden exponentially increases the athersclerosis.
My cartiologist and my hematologist surely don't know about this study. They continue to tell me that having FVL doesn't increase athersclerosis. Yet, both doctors know I have high LDL. I will nicely make them aware of the study of the combined impact of FVL and high LDL (with no diabetes).
Here in the U.S., doctors are starting to rely heavily on the VAP blood test that breaks down the general LDL into various parts (some much worse than others). That is the blood test that shows my very high VLDL-3. Specifically, "VLDL3 is smaller and is a greater risk factor for heart disease." For high VLDL-3, this lab recommends: " Choose: omega-3 fatty acids, high-fiber foods. Limit: refined carbs, alcohol. Stop: smoking." atherotech.com/images/vapli...
While the VAP blood test is the new standard, I am sure something else that is better will push it out of the way and future generations will laugh at how backwards we are. My kids already do.